2016-07-14 / Community News

Boatbuilding is focus of Biddeford festival

The Biddeford Boatbuilding Festival will be held 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17 at the Pepperell Mill Campus event space in downtown Biddeford. The festival is free and open to the public. Watch the eight family- and corporate-sponsor teams each build their own 10-foot compass skiff and motor boat. Visitors can also learn about marine mammal rescue from an area nonprofit, enter a raffle to win a Compass Skiff, try fly-tying and participate in free children’s activities that include toy boatbuilding (ages 4 and older), nautical-themed face painting and even a game of giant Jenga. For more information and a full schedule of events, visit http://compassproject.org/ boatbuilding-festival/.

The festival includes “Carrying On 100 Years of Boatbuilding Tradition,” by sixth generation, Maine lobster-boat builders, the Lowell brothers, at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 16 at Engine, 128 Main St., Biddeford.

Sponsor teams Caleb Johnson Architects + Builders, IDEXX and Oak Point Associates will have a group of employees building a boat at the festival. First Mate sponsors include: Faber, Daeufur, & Itrato, Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club, CW Hayden, Pepperell Mill Campus, R.E. Blood Boatworks, Sabre Yachts and System Three Resins. Deckhand sponsors include: Asa Gorman Builder, Avalon Tax & Accounting, Banded Horn Brewing Company, Biddeford Hannaford, Chase Small Craft, Front Street Shipyard, Hamilton Marine, Paul G. White Interior Solutions, PeoplesChoice Credit Union, Points East Publishing, Run of the Mill Public House & Brewery, Tulu Salon & Spa and Volk Packaging Corporation.

The Biddeford Boatbuilding Festival is the signature fundraising event to support Compass Project’s year-round boatbuilding and rowing programs to provide direction to local youth including those who face obstacles to school success. Compass Project is a program of Engine Inc.

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